Your loved one went to the dentist for some relief from his tooth pain or for a regular cleaning. While your loved one didn’t look forward to the visit, he certainly weren’t afraid for his life. He expected some discomfort, but he also expected to be back to normal within hours or days. He did not expect to die.
Dental Malpractice Can Be Fatal
Dental exams are not as comprehensive as complete physicals, and dental procedures are not as invasive as many other types of surgeries. However, dentists in Chicago, Aurora, Wheaton, and elsewhere in Illinois, have a duty of care to their patients. When that duty of care is breached, a patient can be seriously injured or killed. Consider, for example, what might happen if:
- There was a problem with the anesthesia. Too much anesthesia or the wrong type of anesthesia can be dangerous.
- A dentist fails to diagnose cancer or another oral disease.
- An infection develops because of the dentist’s actions or inactions.
The results can be devastating. The result can be a death that did not have to occur.
Why You Should Speak Up If Your Loved One Has Died
You are grieving now and you may be mourning your loved one’s death for the rest of your life. It can be difficult to think about pursing legal action, but it is important. Specifically, it is important to:
- Your family. It may help you to maintain your standard of living by compensating you for things like your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses. and lost income.
- Your loved one. It may hold the dentist accountable for his actions. In addition, it may also give your family money for pain and suffering that you can use to honor your loved one.
- Other patients. Speaking up may help to keep others safe.
To find out more about a potential medical malpractice claim, please read our free report, What to Do If You Have Been Injured by Your Doctors or Hospital, and please call us directly to schedule an initial consultation.